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Gabrielle S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-236) interviewed by Dori Laub and Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-236

Videotape testimony of Gabrielle S., who was born in Hamburg, Germany in 1914. She describes her childhood; the impact of the Nuremberg laws; emigration to the United States in 1938; and returning to Europe as a social worker in 1947 to assist Jewish refugees. Mrs. S. relates her deceased husband's story because she is the last one who knows it. Mr. S. was born in Galicia in 1912. She recounts his being sent away for schooling; attending medical school in Bologna, Italy; his return home; conditions under Russian occupation; the German occupation and being exempted from extermination because he was a physician. Mrs. S. also relates incidents when non-Jews helped her husband; his escape with his mother to Hungary; living on false papers in Munkács; his arrest and detention for three months; their traveling to Romania and Turkey; and meeting David Ben-Gurion in order to travel to Palestine. She recounts his work in Hadassah Hospital; receiving a scholarship from Frieda Warburg, Mrs. S.'s aunt; treating Golda Meir; returning to Italy as a physician for the Joint Distribution Committee in refugee camps; their marriage; emigration to the United States; and his death in 1978. Mrs. S. reflects upon her husband's personal qualities; the effects of the war on his life; and his professional and humanitarian contributions.

Author/Creator
S., Gabrielle, 1914-
Published
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1984
Interview Date
February 26, 1984.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gabrielle S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-236). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/929111
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